UCLan to Lead Roman Dig

Rachelle Robinson, archeological technician, screens for artifacts at the archaeological site 419 near Ammo at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10, 2013. The process of screening is to take the dirt from the digging and scan it to find small artifacts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams)

By Abi Donoghue- Deputy News Editor

The University of Central Lancashire recently announced their plans to lead an intensive archaeological dig on Ribchester’s Roman settlement.

Working with the Ribchester Museum and Historic England, the ‘Ribchester Revisited’ project will begin in July this year.

UCLan archaeology students, ranging from first years to masters students will take part in a training excavation from July 6th until August 2nd.

 The aim is to obtain further funding to extend the project.

They will explore the north gate of the Ribchester Roman fort, focusing mainly on the ‘at risk’ areas. These include the churchyard, the scheduled monument and the existing historic houses.

Students will work on two trenches, 20 metres by 15 metres in diameter and will dig to collect artefacts, such as ancient coins and pottery, alongside logging the data.

Senior Archaeology Lecturer, Dr Duncan Saver, said: “Ribchester is a relatively unexplored area of historical interest and we want to make people aware of its significance. It’s a very exciting project for our students to get involved in and they will not only be looking for Roman relics but also for evidence of the early medieval settlers who followed the Romans so it’s an important dating exercise.”

There is potential for the partnership to last three years, depending on the discoveries. Temporary exhibitions will be shown in Ribchester Museum after the excavation.

It will be run by Dr Duncan Sayer and Dr James Morris from UCLan, Kathy Tucker from Historic England and Patrick Tostevin, who is the curator of Ribchester Museum.

The Ribchester Revisited project will be an open project and will welcome visitors to the Museum and the excavation during July. People can follow the dig on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/ribchesterrevisted

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